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Voyages of Admiral Zheng He

Admiral Zheng He was an offical of the Ming Dynasty. Between 1405 to 1433, Admiral Zheng He was sent by Emperor Yongle on seven diplomatic missions to increase trade and tributes from foreign powers.

Some of the sites relating to the Admiral Zheng He and the voyages are recorded in this page.

China sites related Admiral Zheng He:
1st Voyage 1405-1407:
2nd Voyage 1407-1409:
3rd Voyage 1409-1411:
4th Voyage 1413-1415:
5th Voyage 1417-1419:
6th Voyage 1421-1422:
7th Voyage 1431-1433:

China Yunnan Province

East Asia

Zheng He Memorial Hall, Jinning County, Kunming City

China Beijing

East Asia

Former Residence of Admiral Zheng He, Xicheng District, Beijing City

The residence in the Sanbulao Hutong was where Admiral Zheng stayed in Beijing while serving Zhu Di, the Prince Yan. He was later assigned to lead the voyages when Zhu Di became Emperor Yongle.

China Jiangsu Province

East Asia

Admiral Zheng He Treasure Ship Park, Nanjing City

Calm Sea Temple, Nanjing City

Tianfei Palace, Nanjing City

Admiral Zheng He built this temple after their safe return from the first voyage in 1407.

Tomb of Admiral Zheng He, Nanjing City

Tianfei Temple,Liujiagang, Taicang City

Liujiagang is the port that Admiral set off from to start the voyages.

Tianfei Temple Stele of Tongfan Deed, Taicang City

China Fujian Province

East Asia

Zheng He Park, Changle District, Fuzhou City


Southeast Asia

Dragon's Teeth Gate, Labrador Park

The Dragon's Teeth Gate or Longyamen was a rock at Keppel Habour. The rock help ships navigate the straits between Sentosa Island and Labrador. The Dragon's Teeth Gate is believed to have helped Admiral Zheng He sailed around Singapore waters in all his 7 voyages.

The Dragon's Teeth Gate was destroyed by the British in 1848 to widen the channel. The Singapore governemnt erected a replica at the original site in 2005 to mark the 600th anniversay of Admiral Zheng He's voyages.

Life Size Replica Treasure Ship bow, Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium

The Treasure Ship replica is one of the exhibits on Asian Martime history. The cross section of the vessal showed where the animals from Africa were placed.


Southeast Asia

Sam Poo Kong Temple, Semarang, Central Java

The temple was established by Admiral Zheng He. Some of the crew stayed behind and settled in Java. Admiral Zheng He visited Aceh, Palembang, Cirebon, Gresik and Lasem in presnet day Indonesia.

Giant Bell Cakra Donya, Aceh, North Sumatra

The bell was believed to be given by Admiral Zheng He to Sultan of Aceh. It is displayed at Aceh Museum now.

Cheng Hoo Mosque, Surabaya, East Java

Cheng Hoo Mosque is named after Admiral Zheng He to recognise his role in the spread of Islam.


Southeast Asia

Wat Kalayanamit

The Temple was built in 1825 by a Thai Chinese trader who donated the temple to King Nangklao Rama III. The ordination hall houses the Buddha Phra Phuttha Trai Rattananayok or Luang Pho To in Thai or Sampokong in Chinese. The Buddha image represents both Buddha and Admiral Zheng He. The Chinese prays for prosperity, good fortune and safe journeys throughout the year. The temple has Chinese and Thai architectural style and has the largest bell in Thailand.This is one of three temples in Thailand that is related to Admirla Zheng He. The other two are Wat Phanan Choeng in Ayutthaya and Wat Uphai in Chacheongsao province.


Southeast Asia

Site of warehouse complex Guan Chang, Malacca

The site is believed to be where warehouse complex were built by Admiral Zheng He to serve as the temporary storehouse. Five Ming Dynasty era wells were found during the museum construction.The building now houses the Cheng Ho Museum.

Sam Poh Temple, Malacca

Sam Poh Footprint Temple, Penang

The temple was built over a stone with a footprint on it. The locals believed that it is the footprint of Admiral Zheng He.

Sri Lanka

South Asia

Galle Trilingual Inscription, Colombo National Museum, Colombo City

The Galle Trilingual Inscription dated 15 February 1409 was installed at Galle. It recorded the Admiral making offerings to Buddha and to mountain Adam Peak. The Inscription was found in Galle in 1911.

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